16-Year-Old Stabbed to Death at LAPD Fundraising Carnival

16-Year-Old Stabbed to Death at LAPD Fundraising Carnival

Police tape closes off a street in Los Angeles, in this file photo. (Frederic J. Brown/AFP via Getty Images)

City News Service
City News Service

6/23/2024

Updated: 6/23/2024

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LOS ANGELES—A 16-year-old boy was fatally stabbed by another teen during a summer carnival in the Palms community of Los Angeles being held as a Los Angeles Police Department fundraiser, and authorities were searching for the culprit Sunday, June 23.
The stabbing was reported around 10:30 p.m. Saturday near the intersection of Venice Boulevard and Keystone Avenue, the LAPD reported. The boy had been in a fight with “multiple” juveniles prior to being stabbed by the suspect, who was described a male between 15 and 20 years of age, according to the LAPD’s Media Relations Division.
The suspect fled the scene on foot.
The teenager was pronounced dead at the scene, and police believe the attack was gang-related, an LAPD spokesperson told City News Service on Sunday.
The stabbing occurred on the second day of a three-day event advertised as the Palms Community Weekend and Summer Carnival, co-hosted by the Pacific Area Boosters Association, the Motor Avenue Association and City Council District 5, which is represented by Councilwoman Katy Yaroslavsky.
“Our entire community is shaken by the news of last night’s horrific violence. My thoughts go out to the victim’s family and friends, as they navigate this devastating loss,” Ms. Yaroslavsky said in a statement provided to CNS. “My team and I are in regular communication with LAPD leadership, and have offered my office’s full support as they investigate this heinous act and bring the individual responsible to justice.”
There was a large police presence at the event, but LAPD Officer Christian Faulkner told CBS2 “there are windows of opportunity, unfortunately, that suspects can find and we can only cover so much of an area.”
The pop-up carnival was scheduled for June 21-23 on Venice Boulevard between Overland and Motor avenues. The primary sponsor of the event, the Pacific Area Boosters Association, is described as an organization of business professionals and community members that was incorporated in 1973 and supports the LAPD’s Pacific Division.
“This groundbreaking, first of a kind event promises to be a celebration of community, connection, and pure excitement, marking the beginning of a new tradition in our vibrant neighborhood,” the Motor Avenue Association noted on its website. “With your support, we'll create memories, forge connections, and build a legacy that lasts far beyond this unforgettable weekend.”
Carnival-goers could purchase 20 tickets in advance for $20. All funds raised support the LAPD Pacific Cadet/Junior Cadet programs and the needs of the Pacific Division officers and station, organizers said. The Junior Cadet program serves youths ages 9-12 who want to know more about the law enforcement. The main cadet program serves youths ages 13-17.
The carnival shut down early Saturday but was expected to resume Sunday as scheduled.
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